(noun, verb)


1. a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission

Similar word(s): kotow

Definition categories: communication, bow, bowing, obeisance


1. bend the knees and bow in a servile manner

Similar word(s): genuflect, scrape

Definition categories: motion, bow

2. try to gain favor by cringing or flattering

- He is always kowtowing to his boss

Similar word(s): bootlick, fawn, kotow, toady, truckle

Definition categories: communication, blandish, flatter